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Poster presented at the 5th International Rice Congress
Author: Joby Arandela, ZIDOFA/SRI
Date: October 16, 2018
Venue: Sands Hotel, Singapore

Poster presented at the 5th International Rice Congress
Author: Joby Arandela, ZIDOFA/SRI
Date: October 16, 2018
Venue: Sands Hotel, Singapore

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2102 - Establishing an equitable SRI value chain in the Philippines

  1. 1. ESTABLISHING AN EQUITABLE VALUE CHAIN IN THE PHILIPPINES BASED ON REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE AND MODERN TECHNOLOGY Can a farmer-initiated and farmer-led regenerative agriculture movement using the organic System of Rice Intensification (SRI) gain enough impetus to change the way that Filipino farmers cultivate their rice and give them socio-economic and environmental reprieve from an agricultural landscape beset with input-intensive, fossil-fuel-dependent and environmentally-deleterious agricultural practices? The Zarraga Integrated Diversified Organic Farmers Association (ZIDOFA)’s Closed-Loop Organic-Based SRI Rice Value Chain Initiative is well on its way to doing just that. INTRODUCTION Protocol of Choice: The organic-based SRI uses 50% less water, 90% less seeds and only organic inputs, therefore increasing yield by 30% or more. The practice of intermittent irrigation and rotary weeding reduces methane emissions and allows plants to develop large and more substantial root architectures. This enables the SRI rice plants to more efficiently capture and sequester atmospheric and organic carbon, storing this deeper in the soil. These plants are better able to survive floods, droughts, and typhoons, making SRI a substantial contributor to climate change mitigation and adaptation. By cultivating native heirloom rice varieties, ZIDOFA farmers are restoring farm biodiversity. THE BUILDING BLOCKS Post-Harvest Equipment: A brown rice mill, putting out high quality pigmented SRI milled rice, increases milling recovery up to 74.6% (from a 65% milling recovery for well-milled and polished rice) while retaining the nutrient rich rice-bran in the final milled rice. This single-pass rice mill is a Filipino-manufactured technological innovation (PhilMech—Marinas Technologies under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Grant-In-Aid Program). A hermetic storage cocoon issued by Department of Agriculture Field Office creates a carbon dioxide-enriched modified atmosphere to preserve organic integrity of the rice once milled, and protects paddy rice from pests, fungus, and exposure. This technology preserves germination rates for seeds, maintains moisture content, and protects the quality of both milled and paddy rice. This is also a Filipino-produced innovation. (GrainPro) Mechanized Cultivation: The use of manual cono weeders and motorized weeders to control weed enhances the development of substantial root systems of SRI rice plants, enabling them to reach moisture deep in the soil. These root systems enable plants to adapt to prolonged drought events and prevent their lodging during storms and floods. ZIDOFA is developing a locally-manufactured motorized weeder with the Department of Science and Technology. Future Directions: ZIDOFA is currently developing an automated precision agriculture equipment which can perform SRI agronomic tasks and field monitoring systems using Artificial intelligence (AI) Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Together with the Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISaTU) under a DOST-PCAARRD project, ZIDOFA is working to produce environment-friendly and green packaging technologies that use farm crop by-products. Completing the Loop: Shifting to environment-friendly packaging and labelling in consonance with its mission and vision makes ZIDOFA a thought-leader in sustainable and green practices. Tightly coupled in each step of the chain is ZIDOFA’s advocacy to promote and raise public awareness on the health, environmental and socio-economic benefits of SRI and organic pigmented rice. This concludes the continuum of closed-loop rice value chain development. The ZIDOFA Closed-Loop Organic SRI Rice Value Chain, has, in j ust three years since its inception, effectively eliminated exploitative middlemen and traders as links in the chain. Farmers now have greater ownership of the chain and they themselves now deliver their SRI rice directly to the largest supermar- ket chain in the region and to premier restaurants and establishments, resulting in increased farmers income by as much as 130%. ZIDOFA consolidates beneficiary farmers’ paddy rice for sale at premium prices. The Philippines is the 8th largest producer of rice globally, yet 34% of Filipino farmers still live in poverty. Steadily rising costs of farm inputs, declining soil fertility and quality, low farm gate prices for paddy rice offered by exploitative middlemen, and adverse weather conditions brought about by a changing climate have left Filipino rice farmers in dire straits, unable to break-free from dependency on chemical and synthetic inputs and from the grips of vicious cycles of debt just to maintain decent yields and provide for their basic needs. THE CHALLENGE: A NEW STRATEGY: ZIDOFA’s CLOSED-LOOP ORGANIC RICE VALUE CHAIN APPROACH is launched by a group of small farmers, passionately committed to initiating transformational change in rice cultivation, challenging current conventional methods and replacing them with the climate-resilient, environment-friendly and organic-based System of Rice Intensi- fication (SRI), guided by environmental advocates who believe in the smallholder farmers’ capabilities and in the positive impacts that this approach can have on the health, environment and socio-economic welfare of farming communities. They are assisted by officials in various government agencies, who appreciated the efforts already made by the farmers in initiating the project despite a lack of funding and policy support. All these agree on the ZIDOFA Closed-Loop Organic SRI Rice Value Chain as a best-fit, climate-friendly and holistic solution enabling farmers to produce healthy, organic, pigmented and nutritious SRI rice for consumers. This is currently restoring their farms’ biodiversity and soil fertility while it improves the socio- economic welfare of smallholder farming communities. Joby M. Arandela (ZIDOFA/SRI-Pilipinas) With Olivia Vent and Lucy Hill Fisher (SRI-Rice Cornell University)

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